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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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We made all our sail, and gave 'em no rest. From point to point drove 'em, from west to east : Old England, etc.
Those coursers, so brisk at the starting-place, Run heavily kow through Alderney Race : Old England, etc.
Into Cherburgh Bay three tall ones did run, Where a northern blaze burns up the south Sun : Old England, etc.
'Twas Heath did this feat; and Greenway another, For the Conquerant fell, in flames and in smother : Old England, etc.
And Fowlis was daring, though he miss'd his prey ; He flew at the Sun, but stoopt by the way: Old England, etc.
But now we are making for Bay Le Hogue, Where on land, they say, are many a brogue: Old England, etc.
These doughty wights, those true Irish Teagues Won't let us come near 'em by several leagues: Old England, etc.
Such gallant alliance the French much imports ; Theyll save their friends' ships, as they did their own forts : Old England, etc.
But manning our boats, those wise ones we cozen, And burn in this bay thirteen to the dozen : Old England, etc.
This action's far greater than that of Lepanto, And merits alone a whole noble canto : Old England, etc.
For, like the old Britains, our men did assail 'em In open boats, and naked we quail 'em : Old England, etc.